Sunday, December 18, 2016

Books, Christmas, chocolate

Most of us long to experience Paradise on earth. Women who read do. Whoever said that you can't take it with you obviously never read a good book. For everything you've ever read, loved, and remembered is now a part of your consciousness. What is once cherished can never perish. (Sara Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance)

I read an interesting fact on Facebook the other day, that the country of Iceland publishes more books per capital than any other country in the world.  And they have an absolutely lovely tradition called Jolabokaflod, or "Christmas Book Flood," where they give each other books for gifts on Christmas Eve, and then go to bed to read them. And eat chocolate. (I couldn't confirm that last part, but that's what it said on Facebook.)

Upon further Googling, I came across this article that says not only are the Icelandic people prolific writers, but they prefer physical books vs. e-books. I realize that this is a personal preference, but I'm in agreement that there is something really cozy about snuggling up in bed with a brand new book, that paper smell wafting out as your crack it open.

I love the tradition of books at Christmastime.  While it may not have been an established practice, a book was almost always one of my gifts.  I can remember many a Christmas when, after the presents were opened and everyone settled in to drink eggnog to Christmas music playing on the radio, settling in with one of my presents and reading the day away.

One such time was when I was home on college break.  I received a copy of E.B. White's children's novel, The Trumpet of the Swan. It was such a treat to discover something new by one of my favorite authors whom I credit with my earliest love of reading.

My husband knows how much I love opening up a brand new book, and that a new book is the best present ever. He rarely disappoints.

Christmas and books. Two of my favorite things. I think the people in Iceland have it just right.



Mereknits said...

I agree with you, there is nothing like a good book to read and to gift. Hugs to you Karen.

Melinda said...

Right there with you!
Technology has a place in the world for sure but
I will always want to read a book that I can out in my hands and hold.
My Mom gave me the love of reading and I love getting books as

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M : )